5 Smile Flaws You Didn’t Know Invisalign Could Fix

If you’re like most people, wanting to straighten your misaligned teeth may be more about how your smile looks than anything else. And that’s all good. Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you during a work meeting or social encounter. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make a good first impression.

But misaligned teeth also cause problems with your oral health, including gum disease, tooth decay, and even bone loss. That’s why we dentists take misaligned teeth so seriously. The only fix for crooked teeth in the past were bulky, highly visible wire-and-bracket braces.

The Invisalign® system uses innovative technology and smooth, mouth-friendly, nearly invisible clear aligner trays to straighten your smile. Since Invisalign hit the dental market in 2000, its makers have continued to improve and update their product, creating increasingly effective results for millions of patients.

At MediDental Care, we’re invested in providing our patients the best treatment options available for creating evenly aligned, healthy smiles that boost your confidence and self-esteem.

We’ve seen impressive results with Invisalign in our practice and often recommend it as an alternative to metal braces for teens and adults. We’re happy to provide information here about five smile flaws you may not have realized Invisalign can fix.

1. Invisalign can correct an overbite.

An overbite occurs when your upper front teeth overlap or protrude beyond your lower front teeth. It’s normal to have a little overbite, but when the overlap exceeds the norm, problems often develop. Aside from affecting the appearance of your smile, an overbite can cause unhealthy wear and tear on your teeth, gum disease, and increasingly significant jaw pain as you age.

2. Invisalign clear aligners can fix some underbites.

If your lower teeth/jaw protrude beyond your upper teeth when your mouth is closed, you’ve got an underbite. Depending on the severity of your underbite, you may need surgery as well as Invisalign treatments.

It’s well worth the fix, however, because an underbite can make it difficult to chew and speak properly and may cause your teeth to wear down, which leads to decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

3. The Invisalign system can realign some types of crossbite.

Normally, your upper teeth sit slightly outside of your lower teeth when your mouth is closed. When the reverse happens and some of your upper teeth sit inside lower teeth, we call that a crossbite. This condition often causes abnormal wear and may lead to chipping of the affected teeth. It also increases your risk of developing painful gum disease.

4. Invisalign can straighten out crowded, crooked teeth.

When your jaw doesn’t have enough room for your teeth to fit normally, they can overlap, twist to the side, and otherwise shift from their normal position. This makes it difficult to clean your teeth properly and often leads to problems with tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can fix that.

5. Invisalign can close the gaps between your teeth.

Aside from affecting the appearance of your smile, gaps between your teeth offer spaces where food debris can get stuck and the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay can thrive. Invisalign closes the gaps as it aligns your smile.

Not everyone is a candidate for mouth-friendly Invisalign, but many people are. You never know unless you come in for an evaluation. Schedule your visit today with an oral health care expert at MediDental Care. We can help you choose the best option for realigning your smile.

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